Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Pietenpol Air Camper, N502R: Accident occurred November 22, 2017 at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport (KDKB), DeKalb County, Illinois

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; DuPage, Illinois

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: De Kalb, IL
Accident Number: CEN18LA043
Date & Time: 11/22/2017, 1030 CST
Registration: N502R
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning

On November 22, 2017, about 1030 central standard time, a Phil J Ruttan Pietenpol Air Camper airplane, N502R, nosed over on the runway after landing at De Kalb Taylor Municipal Airport, (DKB), De Kalb, Illinois. The pilot was not injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a positioning flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed Hartford Municipal Airport (HXF), Hartford, Wisconsin, about 0845 and was en route to Terre Haute International Airport (HUF), Terre Haute, Indiana.

The pilot reported that he was hired to deliver the airplane to its new owner. The seller warned him of sensitive brakes and that the right brake was "mushy", but they were still effective. Since this was the pilot's first flight in this airplane type, before departure he taxied the airplane to become familiar with the brakes during which time he noticed no anomalies. He intended to fly to HUF with planned en route fuel stops. He first stopped at DKB to take a break for fuel and to warm up for the next leg of the flight. The wind sock was reportedly showing 3 to 4 knots from 350° to 360°. He entered the traffic pattern for runway 02 and made a 3-point landing with the engine at idle power. The airplane continued down the runway 300 to 400 ft as he held the control stick back. The airplane veered left about 30° so the pilot attempted to counteract the unexpected movement with right rudder application; the airplane did not respond to the right rudder application. The airplane was about 10 ft from the runway edge when the airplane finally responded to the right rudder input and began to travel parallel to the runway centerline. About 20 to 30 ft later the pilot reported that "it was as if someone slammed on the brakes" and the airplane nosed over. The pilot later stated that he did not accidentally apply the brakes during landing and that there could have been frozen moisture in the brake lines. He added that the right brake had undergone recent maintenance.

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector stated that he performed a postaccident functional test of the brakes and they worked normally.

The airplane has been retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: RUTTEN PHIL J
Registration: N502R
Model/Series: PIETENPOL
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes 
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDKB, 915 ft msl
Observation Time: 1035 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -2°C / -10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.37 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: HARTFORD, WI (HXF)
Destination: De Kalb, IL (DKB)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  41.931667, -88.705000 (est)

DEKALB, Ill. (WLS) -- The DeKalb Fire Department responded Wednesday morning to the DeKalb Municipal Airport for an incident involving a plane.

The pilot was traveling from Wisconsin to Texas and stopped in DeKalb to refuel. During landing, the plane flipped for unknown reasons, a DeKalb official said.

The pilot got out of the plane before emergency crews arrived and refused medical attention. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The plane will remain at the DeKalb airport while the Federal Aviation Administration investigates.

Reports of the incident came in after 10 a.m.

The airport is located in the city of DeKalb, which is about 70 miles west of Chicago.

Original article can be found here ➤

CHICAGO -- A small plane flipped over Wednesday morning while landing at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport, CBS Chicago reports.

DeKalb Deputy Fire Chief James Zarek said it happened around 10:30 a.m.

The pilot was headed from Wisconsin to Texas, and was stopping at the airport in DeKalb to refuel and take a break, Zarek said.

While landing, "something went wrong," and the plane flipped over, coming to a rest on its windshield and the front of its wings.

Paramedics checked out the pilot, but he refused to be taken to a hospital.

Zarek said the plane's owner is in Texas, and the pilot works for the owner transporting planes from one location to another.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

DeKALB – An airplane flipped over Wednesday morning at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport, causing no serious injuries, but it left the main runway closed for about an hour and a half, according to reports heard on police radio traffic.

The DeKalb Fire Department responded to a call about 10:30 a.m. and left about an hour later, once the plane had been taken to one of the hangars.

DeKalb Deputy Fire Chief James Zarek said the plane had been traveling from Wisconsin to Texas and stopped at the airport to refuel. During the landing process, something happened that caused the plane to flip over.

Airport manager Tom Cleveland said he does not know what caused the plane to flip, but aircraft maintenance workers are looking into it.

Zarek said that the pilot got himself out of the plane and refused medical service.

Although the plane was not badly damaged, it will be a while before it can fly again because the engine needs to be taken apart for inspection, Cleveland said.

The Federal Aviation Administration will continue to investigate the incident, Zarek said.

Original article can be found here ➤

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